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April 24, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST
WASHINGTON - The Flyers grew up a little Friday night. They channeled the spirit of their late owner and the composure of their goaltender and the determination of their coach. They withstood the Fury the Capitals seek to unleash every night at the Verizon Center, but it was the Flyers who had the successful road trip. They managed to steal Game 5, 2-0, and close the gap against the Capitals to three games to two. How? Outshot, 37-8, through the first 46 minutes, but still they led, 1-0. They were outshot 44-11 overall, franchise record for fewest shots, and goaltender Michal Neuvirth was wonderful, but it was much more than him. "Ah, stats are stats," said Ryan White, who was credited with the Flyers' first goal.
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April 24, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - It's no secret the Washington Capitals were trying to teach Flyers left winger Brayden Schenn a lesson for what they thought was a cheap shot in Game 4. Ten seconds into the game Friday, Washington right winger T.J. Oshie went after Schenn, starting a long center-ice fight at the Verizon Center. Schenn landed several punches and won the bout - and seemed to give the Flyers some early momentum. "Obviously, they didn't like the play I did in the last game, cross-checking.
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April 23, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Claude Giroux was bold. "After we win Game 4, we'll be able to get momentum and kind of go from there," the Flyers captain said before Wednesday's game. Well, the Flyers did win Game 4, outlasting Washington, 2-1, and giving them life in a physical, old-time hockey playoff series. Do they have enough momentum to conjure memories of 2010, when the Flyers overcame a three-games-to-none series deficit and stunned Boston? The Flyers, trailing in this series three games to one and facing another elimination game, will meet the Capitals on Friday night at the Verizon Center.
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April 23, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
After struggling along with his team for the first three playoff games, Flyers captain Claude Giroux had a different look in Game 4, and the by-product was that the Flyers extended their season and averted a sweep. Giroux set up the Flyers' first goal, assisting on Shayne Gostisbehere's first-period power-play blast in the Flyers' 2-1 win Wednesday over the visiting Washington Capitals. Still down three games to one in their opening round best-of-seven Stanley Cup series, the Flyers will visit Washington for Game 5 on Friday.
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April 23, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Jay Snider said he and his five siblings have been amazed by the love and support they have received since their father, Ed, died April 11 after a two-year battle with bladder cancer. "It's been overwhelming," Snider, 58, said this week. Ed Snider, 83, was the Flyers' chairman and cofounder. He brought the Flyers to Philadelphia 50 years ago and introduced millions of people to what, at the time, seemed like a foreign sport. They embraced the game and the man who cared about winning more than the fans in the nosebleed seats.
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April 23, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
They came from all over, young and old, rich and poor, and paid tribute to Ed Snider, the man who gambled 50 years ago that Philadelphia would become attracted to hockey. Snider, the Flyers' chairman and cofounder, died at 83 on April 11 after a two-year battle with bladder cancer, and a celebration of his life was held Thursday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center, home of the team he loved like one of his six children and 15 grandchildren. In a heartfelt 1-hour, 50-minute ceremony that included speeches from three of his children, business associates, friends, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Mayor Kenney and former Flyers great Bob Clarke, Snider was remembered as a man of passion and wisdom.
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April 22, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers were looking for any kind of spark to keep their season alive. Who knew it would come from a fourth-line right winger who played five NHL games this season? Colin McDonald made his first Flyers playoff game a memorable one. The physical play of the 31-year-old McDonald played an important role in the Flyers' 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. Trailing three games to one in the best-of-seven series, the Flyers head to Washington for Game 5 on Friday. "He was great," Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds said of McDonald.
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April 22, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST
EARL WEAVER, the late Hall of Fame manager with the Baltimore Orioles, once said he didn't believe in momentum because the next day's starting pitcher could take it from you. You can't find exactly when he said it, or whom he said it to, but there are hundreds of managers out there, if not thousands, who have embraced it as gospel ever since. Over the years, it's been shortened to "Momentum is only as good as the next day's starter" - which seems a great entry to addressing something T.J. Oshie said after Wednesday night's game.
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April 22, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST
IT WAS A strange scene to everyone except those who play this brutal and often unforgiving game. Wayne Simmonds and Alexander Ovechkin, talking side by side as medical men hovered over the motionless body of Scott Laughton. "We go to war with each other every single night," Simmonds would say later, after the Flyers hung on for a 2-1 victory. "But no one wants to see someone go down with an injury like that. " It may not always seem that way. It didn't seem that way moments before, when Laughton and Washington defenseman John Carlson competed full-speed for a puck and the ice between both and the backboards quickly evaporated.
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April 22, 2016 | By John Smallwood, DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST
IT WAS the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was a decision of confirmation for the Washington Capitals; it was a decision of desperation for the Flyers. No one would have faulted Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby if he had sat out Game 4 of the Stanley Cup first-round series with the Flyers on Wednesday. Washington had a commanding 3-0 lead and, after Holtby had an injury scare in practice on Tuesday when he collided with a teammate, a risk-reward situation was at hand.
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